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PAUSE with Sam Jay

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Talk show abandons traditional format, has adult language.

TV Max Variety Show 2021
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Sam Jay spent years defining her own brand of comedy as a stand-up before rising to fame, and carefully laying that groundwork comes to fruition with her tradition-breaking late-night talk show. In PAUSE, there's no desk, no studio, and no preconceived notions; it's at once totally accessible but not trying to cater to the widest audience possible. Sam Jay is just Sam Jay, and her target audience is whoever wants to listen to her.

Jay isn't trying to change people's minds or tell them what to do. She just wants to live her life, do her work, and be who she is. If the discussions on PAUSE do change people's minds, great. If someone resonates with what they hear and it makes things easier to deal with, great. If not, Jay doesn't really care, as long as she makes an entertaining show. In one of the party scenes where Jay is talking about her feelings on social and moral authority in recent years ("Who is Black Twitter? Why do they get to tell me what to do?"), a white male-presenting party guest nervously asks if he can interject. Jay responds by honestly asking if he has anything to add to the conversation. She's not trying to tell him he can't interject, but wants him to think before he does so. A point is made without her explicitly making one, and she trusts her audience to figure this out themselves.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 21, 2021
  • Cast: Sam Jay
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Variety Show
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: May 17, 2023

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